It’s a small thing, but being able to stop your beads sliding off your thread as you are working makes a big difference! That’s where bead stoppers come in very handy. These little springs temporarily grip onto the end of your thread or beading wire. You just squeeze the ‘ears’ at either side to open up the spring, put the thread in between the coils and let go. The stopper grips onto the thread, preventing your beads from falling off. When you are ready to put ends onto your jewellery, just squeeze the ‘ears’ again to open up the spring and take your thread out.
I often describe findings to complete beginners as the nuts and bolts of jewellery making. They connect and join pieces together, finish items and fundamentally complete jewellery and makes it functional. There are lots of types of findings, but we wanted this beginners guide to findings to give you an outline of the basics to get you started!